Research on the organizational structure of hospitals and its effect on patient outcomes and work force policy

The Foundation's Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program was designed to support highly qualified individuals to undertake broad studies of the most challenging policy issues in health and health care facing America. The purpose of this project is to understand the operant mechanisms by which hospital organizational structure and processes affect patient outcomes. The project aims to: (1) obtain a better understanding of how the manipulability features of hospital organization affect variation in patient outcomes and costs; (2) engage leaders in the hospital sector in a discussion of these findings and their implications for the redesign and administration of acute inpatient clinical care; (3) assess the impact of hospital-sector changes on current and future nursing work force requirements; and (4) consider the implications of changing hospital workforce requirements on nursing education and health work force policy.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $245,832.00

Awarded on: 6/22/1999

Time frame: 9/1/1999 - 8/31/2004

Grant Number: 36274


University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Fagan Hall
418 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, 19104-4217


Linda H. Aiken
Project Director